For the next few weeks and maybe months, don’t be surprised if movie release dates keep getting shuffled. The fact that information from authorities keeps shifting day-to-day has also forced studios to keep a “wait and see” mentality. Yesterday it was Paramount Pictures turn to shift around their films. One of those films according to HN Entertainment was Dungeons and Dragons, based on the classic fantasy tabletop role-playing game.
Originally Dungeons & Dragons was scheduled to be released on November 19th, 2021. That date has now been given to Tom Cruise’s Mission: Impossible 7. They got bumped to November because their original summer date of July 23rd, 2021 has now been given to Chris Pratt’s sci-fi actioner The Tomorrow War. D&D‘s new date is now May 27th, 2022.
D&D was supposed to start shooting sometime this year. Due to the current situation, a lot of shooting schedules are up in the air. Even if they get back on track sometime soon there could be more delays as the studio may prioritize other films. The film was said to be deep in pre-production stages, although they still hadn’t made any cast announcements.
Directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who worked on Game Night, had recently been hired for D&D. Their recent departure from the WB Flash film allowed them to take on this project. Originally the director for The Lego Batman, Chris McKay was supposed to direct but he shifted his attention to The Tomorrow War aka Ghost Draft for the studio. The script was originally written by screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick. But it was soon re-written by Daley and Goldstein.
Since I am a big fan of Dungeons & Dragons I am curious to see how they are going to this RPG and turn it into a film. It has many of the same kinds of characters that we are used to seeing in other fantasy films. It’s a world filled with elves, humans, orcs, goblins, halflings, and so on. What is going to separate this film from films like Lord of the Rings, Warcraft, or even a series like The Witcher? Would they try to somehow try to include the dice rolling aspect of the game that makes it so exciting? Will someone yell “roll initiative” before a battle?
What do would you want to see in a Dungeons & Dragons film? Let us know in the comment section below!
Currently Paramount Pictures’ Dungeons & Dragons is scheduled for a May 27th, 2022 release.
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Source: HN Entertainment